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13Th District Congressional Law Enforcement Awards (Clea)

Rep. Vern Buchanan

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to law enforcement men and women who have provided distinctive service to the people of Florida's 13th Congressional District.

Law enforcement is a demanding profession that requires sacrifice, courage and a dedication to serve others. Every day, brave men and women put themselves in harm's way to enforce the laws of our society and protect public safety. They deserve our gratitude and respect.

This year, I established the 13th District Congressional Law Enforcement Awards, CLEA, to give special recognition to law enforcement officers, departments, or units for exceptional achievement.

On behalf of the people of Florida's 13th District, I congratulate the following winners chosen by an independent panel comprised of current and retired law enforcement personnel representing a cross-section of the district's law enforcement community.

Patrolman 1st Class Justin Wyatt of the Wauchula, Florida Police Department received the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and the Congressional Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards.

Deputy Steve Aherns of the Hardee County Sheriff's Office received the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and the Congressional Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards.

Detective Salvatore Levita of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office received the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award.

Trooper John B. McGrede of the Florida Highway Patrol received the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award.

Detective Michael A. Dumer of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office received the Dedication and Professionalism Award.

Detective Michael Page of the Bradenton Police Department received the Dedication and Professionalism Award.

Special Agent Steve Lieberman of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received the Dedication and Professionalism Award.

Special Agent Jim Vogt of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received the Career Service Award.

The Venice Florida Police Department received the Unit Citation Award.

Government Analyst Kelly Andriano of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received the Associate Service Award.

I offer my sincere appreciation for the service and dedication of these outstanding law enforcement officers. I appreciate the law enforcement agencies that made such outstanding nominations and panel that judged them.

I believe these awards are a fitting tribute to our officers and a reminder of the important role they play in our communities.